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The Lion's Roar

Postby Will » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:23 pm

From Avatamsaka Sutra chapter 38:

Sons of the Buddha. The bodhisattva, mahāsattva, has ten kinds of lion’s roar. What then are those ten? As follows, they are those wherein he proclaims:

“I will certainly achieve realization of the right and universal enlightenment.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with the bodhi resolve.

“Among all beings, I shall cause all who have not yet crossed on beyond to cross on beyond, shall cause all who have not yet achieved liberation to achieve liberation, shall cause all who have not yet found peace to find peace, and shall cause all who have not yet reached nirvāṇa to reach nirvāṇa.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with the great compassion.

“I shall prevent the lineages of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha from ever being cut off.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with repayment of the Tathāgata’s kindness.

“I shall bring about the purifying adornment of all buddha kṣetras.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with the most ultimately solid of vows.

“I shall bring about the elimination of all of the wretched destinies as well as the elimination of all of the stations of existence associated with the difficulties.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with naturally upholding the precepts of moral purity.

“I shall completely fulfill all of the adornments associated with all buddhas’ physical, verbal, and mental karmic deeds culminating in acquisition of the major marks and the associated characteristics.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with the tireless pursuit of the creation of karmic merit.

“I shall achieve the complete fulfillment of all buddhas’ wisdom.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with the tireless pursuit of the acquisition of wisdom.

“I shall destroy all of the many sorts of demons as well as all of the works of the demons.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with cultivation of right practice in the severance of all afflictions.

“I shall bring about the utterly complete realization that all dharmas are devoid of self, are devoid of any being, are devoid of any lifespan, are devoid of any pudgala, are characterized by
emptiness, signlessness, and wishlessness, and are as pure as empty space itself.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with the unproduced-dharmas patience.

The Bodhisattva then, employing the eye of unimpeded wisdom, universally contemplates all beings in the world, realizes, “There are none among them such as myself,” and then straightaway manifests birth into the palace of the King. Of his own accord, he strides seven steps and then roars the great lion’s roar, declaring: “I am the most supreme of all who abide in the world. I shall bring to an eternal end this coursing within the realm of births and deaths.” This is the great lion’s roar associated with carrying out the practice in accordance with the teachings.

These are the ten. If bodhisattvas abide in these dharmas, then they acquire the ability to roar the Tathāgata’s unsurpassably supreme lion’s roar.
Revealing one essence: this means the inherently pure, complete, luminous essence, which is pure of its own nature. -- Fa-tsang
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